The College of Law welcomes visiting researchers. Individuals with a specific research project are invited to benefit from the College of Law’s library and faculty resources. Visiting researchers are typically doctoral students from other disciplines or other countries, U.S. or foreign law professors in the early part of their careers, and practitioners working on international or comparative law-related research projects. Visiting Researchers may visit for one month up to one year with the possibility of renewal for up to one additional year depending on visa restrictions.
Obtaining the appropriate visa for entry into the United States is your responsibility, although we will assist in any documentation you need for this process.
Florida International University does not provide on-campus housing for visiting researchers. It is the responsibility of the visiting researcher to find accommodations for the duration of their stay. Visiting researchers should plan their housing arrangements prior to arrival in Miami. The Office of International and Graduate Studies in the College of Law is happy to answer questions you may have about housing in the area.
In accepting the position, the visiting researcher is required to have adequate health insurance coverage. Additional health insurance requirements may be necessary, and you will have to assume the costs of these requirements.
Effective September 1, 2014, there is a $100 application fee for visiting researchers, along with a $100 monthly fee for the length of the researcher’s stay.
Candidates to the visiting researcher program must submit a resume, and a detailed research proposal of no more than five pages to Office of International & Graduate Studies (contact information below). Once prompted by the Office, the candidate must obtain the support of a permanent law faculty member working in their academic field and must submit an official transcript from the university issuing the highest degree. Applications will be considered throughout the academic year.
Julie Beineke, Coordinator of Office of International & Graduate Studies, College of LawPhone number: 305-348-7595 Fax number: 305-348-2282 Email: email@example.com
Mailing address:11200 SW 8th Street, RDB 2062 Miami, FL 33199
Current Visiting Researchers
Andreina Rimer Gaviria
Andreina Rimer Gaviria holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a specialization in Venezuelan corporate law from the Universidad de los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. She also holds an LL.M. in comparative laws specializing in international business transactions law and international trade law from the University of Florida. She was most recently a Professor of International Public Law and International Private Law at the Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela as well as a legal translator in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Ms. Rimer will conduct a comparative study on the transformation of the lease agreement of residential tenancies in Venezuela and evaluate its juridical, social and economic impacts after the enactment of the Regulation and Control of Residential Leases Act (2011) and the Arbitrary Eviction Act (2011).
Victorino J. Tejera
Victorino J. Tejera holds a bachelor of laws from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, a master of laws from Tulane Law School, a master’s in private international and comparative law from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a master’s in international dispute settlement from the University of Geneva & Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. During his visit at FIU College of Law, Mr. Tejera will be researching United States law regarding state immunity from enforcement. He is serving as a visiting researcher at the College until August 19, 2014.
Recent Visiting Researchers
José Núñez Fernández
José Núñez Fernández holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, a master’s degree in criminology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an LLM in criminal law from the University Center Villanueva, and a PhD in criminal law from the Universidad Complutense. He is currently an Associate Professor of Criminal Law in the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the National Distance Education University of Spain. Dr. Núñez Fernández was here researching mitigating circumstances in sentencing in U.S. criminal law, comparing the results of this research with sentencing in Spain and in the European Union.
Alexander Kopf holds a first degree in law focusing on commercial and intellectual property law from Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Thuringia, Germany. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Martin-Luther-University in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany studying the cross-border enforcement of Domain-claims. Mr. Kopf’s research focuses on the legal aspects of US-Domain Law, examining the different possibilities and requirements for jurisdiction and enforcement of claims. Mr. Kopf joined us as a visiting researcher at Florida International University College of Law from February 20 until July 19, 2013.
Eduardo Herrera Andrade
Dr. Eduardo Herrera Andrade holds a law degree from the Universidad de La Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia, and completed his Doctorate in Law from the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain in 2007. He has close to ten years of public and private practice in Colombia and was the Director of the Legal Clinic and a Professor of Law at the Universidad de La Sabana for about ten years. He has also taught at the University of Navarra and is on leave from his position as Director of Projects and Research at the same university. His research project will study the durability of the Colombian Constitution of 1886 and the development of Latin American constitutionalism more generally.
J. Eloy Anzola
J. Eloy Anzola was a Visiting Researcher during summer and fall semester of 2010, and joined us again at the College from mid-August 2012 to mid-February 2013. His project consisted of researching the origins and development of arbitration in Spanish America. Mr. Anzola is a graduate of Universidad Católica Andres Bello from Caracas and has a Masters of Law from Yale Law School. He is a Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at the School of Law and Political Science in Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela.
Dr. María Elena Cobas Cobiella
Dr. María Elena Cobas Cobiella visited FIU’s College of Law this summer 2012 to do research during the month of July. She has a master’s in law from the University of Valencia as well as a doctorate in civil law from the University of Valencia. During her visit, she researched wills and trusts and will took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about our legal system in the U.S.
Dr. Isidora Maletic holds a B.A. and a M.A. from Cambridge University, an LL.M. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from King’s College London. She specializes in European Union Law and has published widely in this field. Her research interests expand to comparative, international law and commercial law. She has held teaching positions at a number of universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, the London School of Economics and King’s College London. Dr. Maletic is a Fellow of the Centre of European Law at King’s College London.
Pablo Van Thienen
Pablo Van Thienen arrived in June 2012 as a visiting researcher to FIU College of Law from Argentina. Pablo has a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires Law School and a master’s degree in Corporate Law from Austral University. He has also completed two specialization programs, one in Corporate Accounting & Finance from Austral University, and the other in Management for Small & Medium Businesses from I.A.E Business School. The purpose of his research at FIU was for comparative study of the legal, contractual and economic incentives behind the compensation package of top management as members of the board of directors, and how those incentives may create serious conflicts between the individual interests of managers and shareholders.